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Examining the challenge of increasing consumer menstrual waste and exploring cloth pads as a viable alternative in the context of rural India.

Kaur, Harmanjot (2020) Examining the challenge of increasing consumer menstrual waste and exploring cloth pads as a viable alternative in the context of rural India. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Kaur, Harmanjot
Abstract:

The project seeks to address the wicked problem of menstrual waste, which is rapidly
rising due to the use of disposable sanitary pads and the lack of proper waste management systems in India. The genesis of the idea behind this research is inspired by a foresight scenario in which every menstruating woman in India starts using single-use plastic sanitary pads. Through this exercise, a possible future that emerged, if no further interventions are made, the waste management system will be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of non-biodegradable waste.
The research explores cloth pads as a viable alternative to non-biodegradable single-use sanitary pads. It includes analysis of existing sustainable menstrual hygiene products and barriers to broad adoption of cloth pads. Data was collected through interviews, surveys, and a participatory workshop, which helped to map the landscape of menstrual hygiene in India and to understand the role of different stakeholders within the system.
Further, it explores how directed efforts can provide an impetus for the broad adoption of cloth pads as a sustainable menstrual hygiene product. The document incorporates strategies for developing a more holistic and sustainable approach towards menstrual health management, carefully addressing myths, beliefs, practices, systems, and environments in rural India.

Date: 6 May 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Menstrual Health Management in rural India, Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene, Cloth Pads, Menstrual Waste Management
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 12 May 2020 13:04
Last Modified: 12 May 2020 13:04
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3001

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